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Contact: rebecca@pikespeakartist.com
Cell: 717-875-5200

REBECCA

Owner
Teacher of Monday – Tuesday Children’s Classes
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday Adult Clay and Private Pottery Classes

Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon
Focus in glaze chemistry and environmental design.

Throughout my life I have had a strong awareness of and attraction to the beauty in all things; I am excited to bring my passion for beauty, design, and people to Pikes Peak Artist Collective.

As a life-long artist, I have been a painter, jewelry maker, and a ceramic artist. I appreciate the beauty in all forms of art but I find my primary medium for creative expression is working with clay.

Through my appreciation of creative expression, I want to collaborate with other art educators to support the growth of artists in Colorado Springs.

My experience at the University of Oregon allowed me to explore art and creative expression and enriched my passion as an artist. My Environmental Studies degree at the University of Oregon furthered my appreciation of the natural world providing me with multicultural experiences in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. From those experiences I came to appreciate the changing world we are apart of and the importance that fostering the expression of creativity is necessary for the sustainability of a healthy world.

After moving to Colorado Springs from Pennsylvania with my husband Casey, I met Marcie Anderson owner of Studio 101 that was originally started by Rhonda Conn-Parent. My progression into ownership in 2019 was natural and an inspiration to honor the history of the studio and keep what has been created as a viable part of the community.

We look forward to continue to provide a supportive and comfortable art education center for both children and adults.

My goal is to see artists creating in a nurturing space that enhances expression, surrounded by art work created by children and adults, with various teachers providing different perspectives and skills and a wide variety of art shows held by different PPAC artists. As a community we can support one another, inspire our souls and thrive. Most of all, I am excited to meet you and learn how we can collectively enable the expression of art in Colorado Springs.

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Contact: gimmieshelter44@gmail.com
Cell: 303-502-7522

ERIN

Instructor for Weekday Adult Painting and Drawing Classes 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in Art History from Colorado State University

I am a painter, Illustrator, muralist, and instructor, currently working and residing in Colorado Springs. I teach numerous painting and drawing classes at Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College, as well as at the Manitou Art Center. I have also taught painting at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and teach numerous private lessons, and Figure drawing sessions.

Art has always been an integral and important part of my life. After putting myself through school, earning 2 Fine Art degrees, I lived in numerous cities throughout the US, always painting, but working a variety of jobs. Upon my return to my home town, with much determination and hard work, I became a professional artist, showing and selling my work, as well as teaching.

I believe that art brings all people together, as it helps us to express ourselves in a necessary, and even therapeutic way. Creativity is a calming, often challenging, and peaceful process for me. I am extremely passionate about Art and Art History, and look forward to sharing that passion and experience with my new students, and old, at Pikes Peak Artist Collective!

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Contact: rhondacp@gmail.com
Cell: 719-338-5193

MS. RHONDA

Ms. Rhonda’s Youth Studio Graduate Class 

BFA from The University of North Texas
Extensive training in High Trust Psychology

I formed the Studio Graduate class as I saw what the children wanted and needed – as artists AND as learners. As a result we have a class designed to balance structure and freedom – a “flipped” classroom or art studio where the student produces work primarily from their own vision and then receive a monthly “touch point” along the way. A touch point is a teacher directed art lesson. From art history, to art appreciation to specific art techniques, the student watches a teacher’s demo, adding deeply to their repertoire of skills that they can then integrate into their own art-envisioning/making process.

The unique twist to the Grad class is that they receive direct assistance from each other and myself as they make their art work, so it is almost like a private and group class all in one!
The Grad class is not based on age-level- it is based on a readiness to produce work independently. So the ages can vary in the class. What is so beautiful about the Studio Graduate class is that the soul, passion and energy of the group is a pretty “even playing field” so this class organically forms into that “sanctuary” where young people can live their artist-self with courage, a willingness to grow and authentic love for exercising that voice inside of them that truly needs a platform. The Studio Graduate class is that platform.

Art Classes for kids

Current Class Offerings:

Introduction to Clay Dec 12th

Contact: gsagona91@gmail.com
Cell: 317-658-2322

GINA

Teacher of “Sunday Clay Workshops”
Bachelors of Arts in Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design
Masters of Art Therapy/ Counseling from Southwestern College

Gina’s art career started at the Indianapolis Art Center where she was first a student and later became a ceramics instructor and the assistant technician for the ceramics studio. Gina taught for seven years at the Indianapolis Art Center, she learned that her love for ceramics as an art form is influenced largely by the community, and she feels it is an integral part of being a ceramics artist. Whether you’re firing a wood kiln or curating an art show, being part of an artist community is an invaluable asset.

Being inspired by the inherent healing that occurs during the creative process, she moved to Santa Fe to study Art Therapy. While in Santa Fe, she fell in love with the raw, natural beauty of the earth and the colors of the southwest. Her journey brought her to Colorado Springs where she is grateful to be able to call home. Her artwork is inspired by the gorgeous environment and the air of adventure that the mountains instill.

While searching for a local artist community in Colorado Springs, she synchronistically stumbled upon Pikes Peak Artist Collective. She was drawn to PPAC by it’s radiating inclusivity and generosity. She is excited to share her knowledge of the ceramic process and ceramic techniques while bearing witness to the healing and growth that the creative process promotes.
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Contact: nikki21620@yahoo.com
Cell: 443-480-7180

NIKKI

Teacher of Clay Workshops

General Associates Degree with a Focus in Art

BS in Sociology with a Focus in Social Work

From the beginning, Nikki has loved art as a form of expression, creation, and healing. It has become a type of hands-on therapy during difficult time periods. Art has helped her navigate life with greater mental health. Through that, she found a passion for working with teenagers and helping them find their artistic voice.

Over the years, Nikki has learned many modalities of art including drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. She loves different mediums, each for different reasons, but when sculpting with clay it feels like the most natural thing in the world.

Nikki moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 with her husband Joe and had their daughter in 2020. They love the way this area embraces nature, art, and it’s people and have found a lot of joy in this community. She found Pikes Peak Artistic Collective in November 2019 as a student and taught her first teen clay class June 2021. She has a wonderful time working with teens and adults, helping them develop their own personal artistic expression through clay.

Nikki’s goal for future classes is to continue to cultivate creative expression and artistic voice in the students, and to bring more understanding about the potentials of clay. She has a passion for the human body and the female figure is her favorite muse.
Nikki can’t wait to see what amazing pieces you will produce!
Art Classes for kids

Current Class Offerings:

Coming Soon

Contact: tallpinepotterygifts@gmail.com
Cell: 331-442-7996

TIAH

Teacher of Clay Workshops & Private Clay Sessions

Bachelors in Public Relations w/ a Minor in Business

Tiah moved with her husband to Colorado Springs from Chicago in 2021. Tiah owned and operated a pottery business called Tall Pine Pottery for the past 6 years.

As an artist she has created wheel thrown pottery and custom pieces for restaurants, boutiques, and individual clients.

Tiah has taught wheel throwing classes for over four years with new and repeat clients. One of her greatest joys is connecting with people in her community and having the opportunity to show them the art of wheel throwing.

Tiah is delighted to join the PPAC community and continue to enhance others creative expression while teaching them the art of clay.

How Tiah teaches: “I am a visual learner, so if the wheel intimidates you at first, know that I will walk you through it step by step. I like to sit with my students and go through each step together until you are comfortable. From learning how to wedge your clay correctly all the way to your final piece of art coming out of the kiln, I will be there to help. My method is simple; take deep breaths, be patient with yourself, and let yourself have fun. I promise you will make more than an ashtray :).”

Tiah truly believes working with clay at PPAC is more than just making a mug or vase. It is a space for you to take time for yourself, relax, let things go for two hours and just create with your hands.

Tiah looks forward to meeting you!

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We love it!

“My daughter’s weekly art classes are the best part of her week. She has learned a wide variety of art techniques, her favorite being pottery.”

– Elizabeth

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